The atmosphere today feels a WHOLE lot different than last week. The air around the game feels a lot more energetic compared to the snooze fest that was matchup between Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Ball State Cardinals. The fans and by assumption the players were all waiting to get through the game, or to watch the freshman/backups get in. It is very safe to say that fans, players, and coaches all had a very rude awakening a week ago.
The feelings around the stadium today is much more tense, in the best of ways. No one is talking about walking all over the Vanderbilt Commodores, and they clearly have the attention of the Irish. This attitude definitely has me feeling good about the game, as well as the pregame upset talk by Kirk Herbstreit. Everything about last week should have a big impact on the coaches and players approach to today. Needless to say, I am feeling good about a rebound game by the Irish.
Let’s get it done.